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Fri Jun 09, 2006

al-Zarqawi

I don't really think too much lately about anything I read or see in the newspaper regarding Iraq, "war on terror" or any of that shit, minus the chance I get to talk to or spend time with actual soldier who have been there and hearing their accounts of what they've done, what they are up against; and Iraqis themselves.

The death of al-Zarqawi of course begs comment. I really couldn't put it better than my brother Ryan who wrote this and sent it to his local newspaper:

As the brother of Craig Amundson, who was killed on 9/11, I might be expected to rejoice over the death of the al-Qaida leader in Iraq. Instead, I am frustrated. al-Zarqawi’s death is not good enough.

The disruption of the network might prevent some terrorist operations from taking place. That is positive, but without changing the conditions that created al-Zarqawi’s role in the first place, somebody else will just take his position. Military officials say that a man known as Abu al-Masri may already be
filling the vacancy.

There is not only a long line of people waiting to join al-Qaida’s ranks, but that line gets longer each
day that our government continues its counterproductive program of merely killing terrorists and any innocents who get in the way. We can look ahead to a future of endless violence if we keep deluding ourselves with a naïve trust that war will somehow solve the complex problems of anti-Americanism, religious extremism, and the belief in terrorism itself (or as a believer would call it, “freedom fighting”).

The father of Nicolas Berg, believed to have been killed by al-Zarqawi, told the Associated Press, “[al-Zarqawi’s] death will incite a new wave of revenge. George Bush and al-Zarqawi are two men who believe in revenge.” Like Nick Berg’s father, I am supposed to be glad about al-Zarqawi’s death, perhaps even moving toward “closure.” But we as a nation are moving further away from any hope for a peaceful world. The cycle of violence continues…

Moral Citizen: evil-barry on Jun 09, 06 | 1:33 pm | Profile

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